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Archive for: October 2015

Texas plane crash claims Casey Joe Bussett’s life


Casey Joe BussettCasey Joe Bussett of Yukon/Surrey Hills tragically lost his life Thursday night Sept. 24 in a plane crash in Granbury TX.

He had been in Granbury with AirEvac and was preparing to fly home when the crash occurred. Chad Hughes a mechanic from Georgia was with Bussett when the plane crashed.

Bussett was piloting his 1987 single engine fixed wing plane when plane crashed shortly after takeoff.  The plane crashed at the end of the runway and a few hundred yards from freshman football game that had just ended.  Players knelt in prayer while parents and coaches rushed to help with the crash.

Bussett was a 20-year veteran of the US Army where he retired as Warrant Officer.  He served two tours in Iraq, as a helicopter pilot flying Kiowa Warriors, and was a pilot for AirEvac Life Team.

He had held his pilot’s license since he was 16, getting his pilot’s license before his driver’s license.

The investigation into what caused the crash is ongoing and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) have said the investigation could take up to a year to complete.

Casey Joe Bussett is survived by his wife Christy (Crystal) and four sons. His father Jerry (Sharron), his brother Curtis Bussett, two nieces, his mother Carla (Harold) Lewis and many friends and loved ones.

Scott clutch in Piedmont’s extra-innings win over Deer Creek

Blake Colston

EDMOND — Kassidy Scott did everything imaginable to help her team win Thursday night.

When the dust settled, Scott’s will was enough to lead Piedmont to a 7-5 win over rival Deer Creek in 10 innings to sweep the season series from the Lady Antlers.

Blake Colston/Gazette Kassidy Scott hits a pitch during Thursday night's 7-5 win at Deer Creek.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Kassidy Scott hits a pitch during Thursday night’s 7-5 win at Deer Creek.

Scott pitched all 10 innings of the game, tagged out the potential game-winning run at home plate in the sixth inning and drove home a run to give Piedmont the lead in the 10th inning.

“Kassidy is just the gutsiest player I’ve ever coached,” Piedmont head coach Rick Scott said of his daughter. “That’s all I can tell you.”

Scott’s run-scoring ground ball in the 10th was anything but ordinary. With the International Tiebreaker Rule in effect, Ashlyn Ratliff began the inning on second base and was sacrificed to third by Tatum Honer. Which brought up Scott, who Deer Creek chose to try to walk intentionally with one out. After one ball was thrown, Scott reached for a pitch that was well into the other batter’s box and grounded a ball slowly to second base that couldn’t be fielded cleanly. Ratliff scored and Scott reached base.

“It was pretty far outside. I had to reach pretty far for it,” Scott said. “I was just thinking, whether I hit this or not I’m going to go down swinging.”

Scott said it wasn’t the first time she had tried the unconventional approach.

“I did it this summer. We were down by one with a runner on third and the ball was probably three balls off the plate and I just reached over and swung at it,” she said. “I like to do that because I don’t like getting walked. You’ve got to get it pretty far out there if you don’t want me to hit it.” Read more →

Piedmont hosts perennial power Guthrie Friday night

Blake Colston

Perennial Class 5A powerhouse Guthrie visits Wildcat Field Friday night in an unfamiliar place.

The Blue Jays, who went a combined 24-2 with a state championship the last two seasons, enters Friday’s game below .500 (1-2) and winless in district. The ‘Jays lost their district opener at home to Bishop McGuinness last week, 20-3, after falling 28-27 at Duncan in their season opener. Guthrie’s only win this season came against Ponca City after its game with Sand Springs was cancelled due to lightning on Sept. 18.

Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont's Cody Winkle, right, and Kanton Logan tackle Deer Creek's Zach Kerstetter in the first half on Friday night.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont’s Cody Winkle, right, and Kanton Logan tackle Deer Creek’s Zach Kerstetter in the first half on Friday night.

So it could be a good thing for Piedmont, in the midst of a three-week gauntlet of games against Deer Creek, Guthrie and Carl Albert, that the ‘Jays appear down. Or it might not.

“It’s kind of one of those jokes, Guthrie being down is like everyone else being up,” Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen said. “They’re still going to be a solid team. They’re still Guthrie and they’ve still got that tradition and they play like it.”

Guthrie is led by dual-threat quarterback Zane Maltz, whose favorite target early in the season has been receiver Chance Whitt. Whitt hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass in the Blue Jays’ 28-19 win over Ponca City. Maltz’s best weapon is probably his feet, though, especially in Guthrie’s run-heavy offense

“(Maltz) is their key player. He’s the guy they want to win games with,” Gossen said. “He’s fast; he’s tough and makes good decisions. They want the ball in his hands.” Read more →

Winkle chasing Piedmont’s single-season tackle record

Blake Colston

At just 170 pounds, Piedmont’s Cody Winkle doesn’t look like an imposing force at linebacker, but he plays like one.

A starter since his sophomore season in Piedmont’s 4-3 scheme, Winkle has a nose for the ball he says he developed during his formative years as a football player that he’s polished ever since.

Blake Colston/Gazette Cody Winkle drags down a Deer Creek ball carrier during last week's game.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Cody Winkle drags down a Deer Creek ball carrier during last week’s game.

“I’ve played since I was seven, but when I got into high school I learned more about how to read the offensive line instead of watching the backfield,” Winkle said. “It kind of guides me to where the right place to be is every play.”

Armed with the ability to diagnose plays quickly, he’s been the Wildcats most consistent player early this year, racking up double-digit tackles in three of four games. One way or another, Winkle finds his way to the football, avoiding hazardous offensive lineman along the way with his quickness and agility.

“You look at what he does defensively, he’s always around the football,” Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen said. “You think about the other night at Deer Creek, they come out in an unconventional formation to start the game and try to do some different things. He’s a heat-seeking missile right to the guy on the bubble screen.” Read more →

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